Carolina Public Press: Ramsey, McGrady oppose SB 10, co-written by Apodaca

Senate Bill 10 would dismiss almost all existing boards and commissions at the state level — some that are obsolete, but some that wield power, such as the North Carolina Utilities Commission, which oversees such business as Duke and Progress Energy’s rate requests. Carolina Public Press reports on the showdown over North Carolina House and Senate versions of the controversial bill.

From Carolina Public Press

The North Carolina House voted Monday night on its version of Senate Bill 10 — the Government Reorganization and Efficiency Act — setting up what promises to be a contentious negotiation between the two chambers.

According to a report from WRAL, the vote was 71-43 in favor of the measure. Two Republican mountain lawmakers — Rep. Chuck McGrady, of Hendersonville, and Rep. Nathan Ramsey, of Fairview — joined those opposing the move. …

[Sen. Tom] Apodaca said his main complaint to the House version was that it strikes language that would fire 12 special superior court judges.

Other parts of the bill, including the elimination of dozens of obsolete and rarely convened boards and commissions remain the same, but the House tweaked sections of the bill, that under the Senate version would have replaced the entire Environmental Management Commission, to keep four current members on the 19-member panel that oversees environmental rules and polices. …


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